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Winter Walk Through History Planned At Fort Ontario

Winter at Old Fort Ontario

Winter at Old Fort Ontario

OSWEGO, NY – Fort Ontario State Historic Site’s first “Winter Walk Through History” is scheduled for January 1, 2015.

The event will feature a narrated historical stroll around the grounds and buildings of the old 75-acre military reservation.

Winter at Old Fort Ontario
Winter at Old Fort Ontario

Led by AmeriCorps staffer and historian Mitchell Manniccia, the walk will begin at 10 a.m. in the Enlisted Men’s Barracks inside the old stone fort.

The event is free and open to the public and free parking will be available in the main visitor lot.

The Winter Walk Through History event is part of New York State Park’s statewide First Day Hikes Program and is being conducted in cooperation with Oswego County AmeriCorps and Friends of Fort Ontario.

First Day Hikes encourage participation in healthy outdoor winter physical activities and are a fun way for the whole family to ring in the New Year.

Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in the city of Oswego.

Originally built by the British in 1755, the fort has been built and destroyed four times, and has served our nation in one capacity or another from the French and Indian War through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Fort Ontario has been a landmark for tourists since 1949 and is being restored to its late 1860s appearance, the common age of its surviving buildings.

The mile-long Winter Walk Through History will feature the history and use of brick buildings now owned by the city of Oswego built during Fort Ontario’s expansion from company to battalion size in the early 1900s.

Walkers will also learn how these brick buildings were used and who occupied them during World War I when the fort served as the largest post hospital in the United States.

The walk will conclude with refreshments in Enlisted Men’s Barracks.

Participants are encouraged to wear warm clothes and footwear as the tour will take place outside.

For more information, contact Maniccia Monday through Wednesday at (315) 343-4711 or visit Fort Ontario’s Facebook page.